What is the purpose of the e8 scholarship?
The purpose of the e8 scholarship is to support outstanding students pursuing advanced studies in sustainable energy development and to encourage meaningful contributions to the collective body of knowledge about this subject.
The e8 considers an outstanding student to be one
- who graduates with excellent grades in the top 20% of her/his class
- who is determined to advance her/his knowledge and understanding
- who has a history of community involvement
- who is committed to sustainable energy
- who is committed to return and contribute to her/his home country
Who is eligible?
To be eligible to apply for this scholarship, students must
- plan to undertake studies at the Masters level or Post-Doctoral level in areas directly related to sustainable energy development
- be citizens of the developing countries and territories identified for OECD official development aid in the DAC List of ODA Recipients effective as of 2006
What are the levels of financial assistance and the duration of the scholarships?
Scholarships of US$ 23,000 per year for up to two years are offered for Masters level students. Scholarships of US$ 30,000 per year for up to two years are offered for Post-Doctoral students. Up to two Post-Doc and ten Masters scholarships will be awarded annually.
How can I apply?
Information and the application form can be obtained online by clicking on this link to the Application Forms page or from the e8 General Secretariat, 1155 Metcalfe Street, Suite 1120, Montreal, Quebec, H3B 2V6, Canada, or +1 (514) 392-8876 (tel), +1 (514) 392-8900 (fax) or by e-mail.
What will I need for my application?
All applicants must provide:
- Proof of citizenship. Refer to the country eligibility requirements.
- Letter of acceptance from an approved academic institution to undertake studies in sustainable energy development
- Copies of transcripts for degrees and final grades
- Curriculum Vitae
- Application Form fully completed
- Two letters of reference, one academic and one personal. You are responsible for contacting the references.
Your academic reference must be from a person who can discuss your academic and/or professional competence. The academic letter of reference should be dated and speak to the following points:
- The reference providerâ€™s status and relationship to you
- Your academic ranking and/or professional accomplishments
- Your interest in sustainable energy development
- Your maturity and judgement
- Your ability to communicate, both orally and in writing, and to interact productively with individuals and groups
- Your professional future, including possible impacts the scholarship may have
- Your interest and experience in applying your expertise to the issues of sustainable energy development.
Your personal reference must be dated and come from a person who can discuss other personal qualities or interests that make you especially qualified to receive the scholarship.
If you are a Post-Doctoral applicant, you must submit a statement about your qualifications for the scholarship and your career goals. It should not exceed 500 words in length and should cover the following points:
- Why you desire the scholarship
- Your qualifications
- Your research interest and how it relates to sustainable energy development
- How your Post-Doctoral research will affect the field of knowledge on sustainable energy development, your community and your career
- Your commitment to return to your country
Clearly and concisely, describe the research relating to sustainable energy development that you intend to pursue. Use a maximum of 2,000 words (excluding the Abstract). You may use additional pages for figures and references. Your statement should demonstrate your understanding of the research principles necessary to pursue your objectives. Present your plan with clear hypotheses or questions to be addressed in the research and include:
- Principal objectives
- Background information (broader research or other activities of which the research would be a part)
- Data sources
- Methodology or approach
- Expected results
- Significance or application of results to sustainable energy development
If you have not yet formulated a plan of research, your statement should include:
- Description of two or three research questions related to sustainable energy development and any link to your previous research
- Analysis of how you think these questions may best be answered
- Description of your methodology and data sources
Applications for the Post-Doctoral programme must be received by the e8 General Secretariat by December 3, 2007.
How are applications judged?
An Academic Panel consisting of accomplished representatives from Europe, North America and Japan will review the applications. All selections are final and all applicants will be notified.
How will I receive the funds?
Awards will be directly deposited (in US$) into the accounts of the Institution where you are enrolled and provided to you on a regular basis as long as you are making satisfactory progress toward achieving your academic or research requirements.
What are my obligations to the e8 if I am selected?
You are expected to complete your degree or your research, update e8 about your progress and publish your results. You are required to acknowledge the e8 support when publishing or making presentations on your research and results. We may ask you to present your results at an e8 function, in which case your out of pocket expenses incurred to make the presentation will be covered by the e8.
Deadline: December 3, 2007.
For more information, please visit the official announcement.